Olmsted's Research

I study the structure and dynamics of various complex fluids: liquid crystals, polymers, gels and elastomers, lipid and surfactant systems; basically anything that flows and has (subjectively!) interesting behavior. Interesting phenomena include: phase behavior and morphology, coupling between internal order and external fields, non-equilibrium dynamics and phase transitions, dynamic instabilities, and examples of `important' statistical mechanics issues that are represented though complex fluids. Current areas of interest are shear banding and flow-structure relation in soft and biological matter, the physics of lipid bilayer membranes.



Flow-Induced Phase Transitions

Polymer Crystallization

Networks and Gels

Block Copolymers

Scientific Biography

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